Cupcake cakes combine the visual punch of a birthday cake with the serving ease of cupcakes, making them the perfect choice for your next birthday or celebration. The best part is, you don't need any special equipment or baking skills to make these special cakes - with a little creativity and patience, you can whip up a dessert that's sure to garner appreciative oohs and ahhs. Here are a few tips and suggestions to get you started:
Choosing the cupcake cake design: If you already have a basic cake design in mind, use coins as manipulatives to experiment with cupcake placement. To do this, use the same number of coins as anticipated cupcakes and arrange them into various shapes, adding coins (
cupcakes) as needed to achieve the desired shape. Sample cake design ideas include:
Selecting the recipe(s):
- Mickey Mouse
- Christmas tree
- American flag
- Teddy bear
For added fun, make your cake using a variety of recipes (make sure the icing will complement each flavor). Use different colored cupcake liners to distinguish each flavor.
Putting it all together:
Arrange cupcakes into the desired shape, placing them close together to avoid gaps. Then, frost and decorate just as if you were making a sheet cake. When it's time to serve, simply pull out the next cupcake in line and the icing will follow.
For a quick and simple cake, use a giant cupcake pan to create a super-sized cupcake that will feed a crowd. Giant cupcake pans are molded with two sections: a pleated bottom and a swirled top. For added fun and variety, fill the top and bottom of the pan with different recipes.
With so many colorful icings and dazzling decorations to choose from, these cakes are as much fun to make as they are to eat.